Innovations from America’s Best Small Libraries 2011
September 20, 1:00 Central / Noon Mountain
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Library Journal’s annual Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, we are hosting this webinar with 2011 finalists. This year’s winner, Naturita Community Library (CO), serves a population of only 2,100 with technology, distance education, and programming supporting all the community’s lifelong learning needs. The Ames Free Library (MA) bridges the computing gap with a nimble thin-client network, wireless access, and laptops for patron use, along with Computer Tutors who help bring patrons to the next level. Page Public Library (AZ) offers almost daily programs for patrons across the age spectrum and addresses patron technology needs including equipment to access distance learning. Join Susan Rice, branch supervisor, Naturita Community Library; Paul Paladino, director, Montrose Regional Library District; Madeline Miele Holt, director, Ames Free Library; Debbie Winlock, director, Page Public Library; and Library Journal’s executive editor, Rebecca Miller for an hour of innovative and practical inspiration from three of America’s best small libraries.
Putting the Public Back in Public Libraries: Community-Led Libraries
September 26, Noon Central / 11:00 Mountain
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While public libraries are generally viewed as inclusive spaces, there are large segments of community that do not use them. Beginning in 2004, four large urban library systems from across Canada – Vancouver, Toronto, Regina and Halifax Public Libraries – spent four years working in socially excluded communities, to determine how to make public library services relevant to the needs of underserved communities. As a result, it was discovered that when communities are involved in the identification, development and delivery of library services, there can be an exhilarating effect. Since the conclusion of the highly successful Working Together Project (2004-2008), public libraries from across Canada have integrated community-led approaches and techniques. This webinar, brought to you in collaboration with Library Journal, will discuss the major outcomes of the project and provide examples of how the bringing this approach into library service planning makes libraries even more relevant to local needs. Presenters: Tracey Jones-Grant, manager of ELL, Literacy and Diversity Services, Halifax Public Libraries; Ken Williment, community development manager for Halifax Public Libraries; and Randy Gatley, community librarian, Vancouver Public Library.
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